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Can we have sound but disable listening questions?

I can never get most of the listening questions right because it's too difficult to understand some of the things said and without context clues. All they do is piss me off and I usefully just type "F* off" in them and loose the heart. Any way we can just switch them off but still have the sound everywhere else? In the same way we can disable speaking questions?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/nkn15

Listening questions help you know how to pronounce the words, and they give you an idea of what it would sound like if a different language-speaker said those words. However, I agree that many of them are hard to understand. That's because it's not a real person talking, so the voice isn't completely accurate. Wait. . . did you mean disable listening questions, but still be able to hear the voice?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingPenguin
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Yeah, those listening questions are terrible. I've occasionally gotten them wrong on the Spanish to English course, where it's just an English voice. The English version always pronounces "live" as if it's "and now we're live on location" even though it's usually the verb "to live". I've also come across such problems in the French voice. It gets fairly annoying. I'd love to be able to turn the "listen and type" questions off, especially when you're just writing down a language that you already know perfectly well.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kDelta

Yes, I still want to hear pronunciations of other questions and be able to check words when I wish to, but I don't want to have wasted 10 minutes of my day because I've failed at the impossible task of identifying if a robot said 'Ihr or Er' :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nkn15

Yeah, I think Duolingo should use real voices. However, I'm just glad we have Duolingo for free and we can learn new languages. They have so much available already. Hopefully they'll have it in the future. And I haven't tried this yet, but there are probably websites or videos online with real people speaking in other languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MystyrNile
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They can certainly be a problem if you are on a phone and are in a place where you can't play the sound. Like if you need to be quiet.

4 years ago